13 Feb 2012

Vintage Valentine

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I don't know about young people today,
but when I was a 'gel' Valentine's Day was anticipated
with an equal measure of dread and excitement.
If you didn't receive a card you had to pretend that the postman
hadn't delivered before you left for school.
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You had to receive more than one card, because if there was only one
that dropped through the letter box - it was bound to be from your Mum.
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In 1962 I received three cards
I was over the moon  - one was obviously from 'you know who'
I found out who one of the others was from because he told me
he had 'nicked' it from the paper shop especially for me.
But the third - well that remains a mystery - but it was
the biggest and best one I have ever had.

and I've kept them all these years - from 1962.
Who can beat that?


The best version of My Funny Valentine from
'The Talented Mr. Ripley'

The phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve' comes from
the Middle Ages when according to popular tradition
young men and women would draw chits from a bowl
to know the names of their Valentine
and would wear that name on their sleeve
for the entire week.


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  Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove
O No!  It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken
It is the star to every wandering bark whose worth's unknown,
although his height be taken

Wm. Shakespeare
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Je suis desja d'amour tanne
Ma tres doulce Valentinee

Duke of Orleans

He whom love touches
walks not in darkness

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The first Valentine message is thought to be a poem from Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415.  He was captured at the Battle of Agincourt and imprisoned in the Tower of London to await execution.
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Love is composed of a single soul
inhabiting two bodies

Happy Valentine's Day!
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  1. Oh how lovely, I read your lovely post while listening to My Funny Valentine from possibly one of my favourite movies for both acting, human interest and scenery. I cannot believe you still have those cards from all those yrs back how sweet is that. Can't imagine my nieces or any 'young wans' holding onto anything as precious as a card nowadays. Wishing you a wonderful Valentines Day!

  2. What a super post! How lovely to have saved all your cards! I have some that were sent by my father to my mother many years ago - all with red roses on them. I love the Shakespeare sonnet:)

  3. This is a lovely Valentine's post. I love the fact that you've held on to your cards for all these years. Nowadays I tend to scrapbook special cards but all my cards and letters 'from the early days' are in a bit of a mess. I have become your latest follower. Best Wishes, Jan

  4. Simply beautiful Elaine ~~
    I am a Matt Damon fan and have seen this movie, I so love this song!
    Love all your vintage valentines.
    I'm a hopeless romantic! :)
    Happy Valentines Day
    Hugs Rosemary...xxx

  5. Lovely post! Love the vintage cards and the history of the day.

  6. Love this post,it really has it all!

  7. What a truly delightful post! Flighty xx


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